Kelseanne Breder


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Kelseanne Breder


Clinical Assistant Professor

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Kelseanne Breder's additional information

A 2023 HRSA GACA award recipient, Kelsea Breder is a board certified geriatric nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Kelsea's career has focused on mental health support for aging health disparities populations, including LGBTQ, persons who are homeless or formerly homeless, and persons with histories of trauma, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders. As a researcher, Kelsea is interested in addressing health equity, building an age-friendly workforce, and using medical informatics to promote acquisition of age-friendly care among members of health disparities populations. She obtained her PhD from Columbia University in 2021 with a focus on nursing informatics for health disparities.

As a psychiatric NP, Kelsea has spent six years working at the Center for Urban Community Services in NYC where she serves homeless and formerly homeless patients experiencing trauma and stress-related disorders, substance use disorders, and serious mental illness. Uniquely she practices her craft on-site, going to the residences of patients who are either chronically street homelessness, residing in shelters or safe havens, or living in permanent supportive housing sites. Kelsea is also enrolled in psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, and serves as a per diem nurse practitioner at New York Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital.

As an educator, Kelsea uses arts-based pedagogical methods to teach graduate and undergraduate nursing students at New York University. She hopes to foster empathy, prevent burnout, and build resiliency among future clinicians who aspire to work with health disparities groups. Kelsea was a founding member of Columbia University's Humans In Harmony, a non-profit initiative that uses songwriting to foster connections between cancer patients and health professionals students. She is the recipient of NYU's 2022 Teaching Advancement Grant "Medicinal Rhymes: Hip Hop Pedagogy in Nursing," in collaboration with the NYC-based non-profit Hip Hop Public Health.

PhD, Columbia University
MSN, Columbia University
BS, Columbia University
BS, BA University of Florida

Community/population health
Mental health

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Medical Informatics Association
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Psychological Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Zeta Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society, (Alpha Zeta Chapter)

Faculty Honors Awards

HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Awardee (2023)
NYU Teaching Advancement Grant Awardee (2022)
Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Zeta Chapter Research Grant Awardee (2020)
Jonas Nursing Scholar (2020)
NIH T32 Predoctoral Trainee, Reducing Health Disparities through Nursing Informatics (2017-2020)


Social Networks of LGBT Older Adults: An Integrative Review

Breder, K., & Bockting, W. (2022). Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 10(3), 473-489. 10.1037/sgd0000552
Social support is considered an imperative component of healthy aging and has been found to foster resilience against mental illness. The National Institute of Health has called for research to investigate social support as a protective mechanism for health disparities populations, including LGBT older adults. This integrative review is the first to comprehensively examine the characteristics of social networks maintained by LGBT adults age 50 and older. A comprehensive electronic literature search was conducted for articles published before September 2019. A manual search was also conducted among the reference lists of articles yielded. Articles that presented empirical data, described communities and social networks, and examined participants who self-identify as LGBT adults over the age of 50 were included. Nineteen articles met inclusion criteria. The Convoy Model of Social Relations was used to synthesize findings into categories of structure (size, composition, geographic proximity, and contact frequency), function (instrumental and emotional), and quality (positive and negative) of social support. Results indicate that diverse social networks are protective against age-related illness; intersectional minorities, and individuals who struggle with homophobia in the family of origin are at greatest risk for low network diversity, functional support deficits, and risks to psychological well-being. This review identifies that future research is needed to investigate the role that online social networks play in mediating social support needs in this population.

Ten-year retrospective study on the efficacy of a manual physical therapy to treat female infertility

Rice, A. D., Patterson, K., Wakefield, L. B., Reed, E. D., Breder, K. P., Wurn, B. F., King, C. R., & Wurn, L. J. (2015). Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 21(3), 36-44.
Background • Female infertility is a complex issue encompassing a wide variety of diagnoses, many of which are caused or affected by adhesions. Objectives • The study intended to examine the rates of successful treatment of infertile women using a protocol of manual physical therapy to address underlying adhesive disease leading to infertility. Methods • The research team designed a retrospective chart review. Setting • The study took place in a private physical therapy clinic. Participants • Participants were 1392 female patients who were treated at the clinic between the years of 2002 and 2011. They had varying diagnoses of infertility, including occluded fallopian tubes, hormonal dysfunction, and endometriosis, and some women were undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Intervention • All patients underwent whole-body, patientcentered treatments that used a protocol of manual physical therapy, which focused on restoring mobility and motility to structures affecting reproductive function. Outcome Measures • Improvements demonstrated in the condition(s) causing infertility were measured by improvements in tubal patency and/or improved hormone levels or by pregnancy. Results • The results included a 60.85% rate of clearing occluded fallopian tubes, with a 56.64% rate of pregnancy in those patients. Patients with endometriosis experienced a 42.81% pregnancy rate. The success rate was 49.18% for lowering elevated levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), with a 39.34% pregnancy rate in that group, and 53.57% of the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) achieved pregnancy. The reported pregnancy rate for patients who underwent IVF after the therapy was 56.16%. The results also suggested that the treatment was effective for patients with premature ovarian failure (POF). Conclusion • The manual physical therapy represented an effective, conservative treatment for women diagnosed as infertile due to mechanical causes, independent of the specific etiology.